Teacher Review for Desmos

What...for real?? The bigger the number, the skinnier the graph?

Kristi B.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I was introduced to DESMOS by a student who first found the APP for her phone. Once I discovered for myself online - the world of graphing opened up to my students. I have used DESMOS in all graphing representations outlined in the Common core - specifically linear equations, systems, quadratic, higher-degree polynomials, mixed degree polynomials, exponential functions, etc. With each graphing lesson we look at the beginning equation, compare to the parent function (if applicable) an use the slider tool to see how the graph changes with respect to the variables.
My Take
I am enthusiastic about this online teaching tool. This replaces the hand-drawn overhead worksheets, and more importantly the hand-drawn white-board. This graphing tool allows for real-time, on the spot, visual representation of the fundamental aspects of a graph and how they are affected by change in parameters. This tool brings functions to life visually and SAVES TIME!